Are you having pain in your jaw? Or maybe you are having some pain when chewing your food. If so, you could be experiencing some problems with your temporomandibular joint (TMJ). Pain in the TMJ can be extremely debilitating as it makes talking and eating painful. Luckily, there are some treatment options for TMJ, but if you can avoid TMJ entirely that would save you a lot of time, energy, and pain. In this blog, we are going to go over some causes of TMJ disorders so that you can avoid them.
What Is TMJ?
TMJ is a chronic condition that develops when you have a structural imbalance in your jaw. Because of this imbalance, your TMJ becomes weaker and weaker over time. This causes you to experience some discomforting symptoms.
Symptoms of TMJ Disorders
- Frequent headaches or migraines
- Jaw pain
- Ringing sound in your ears
- Pain that shoots down to your neck, shoulders, and back
- Clicking your jaw when you chew or talk
Causes of TMJ
Traumatic Injury to the Jaw (Broken Jaw, Dislocated Jaw, etc.)
Any traumatic injury to the jaw can cause many future complications. Because of the initial damage to the jaw, if the jawbone is not properly fixed or does not recover correctly, it can cause TMJ.
Persistent Grinding of Teeth or the Clenching of Teeth
Persistently grinding or clenching your teeth can be a big reason that you are having TMJ issues. This is because these actions are putting constant stress on your TMJ.
Arthritis In Your Jaw Joint
Arthritis in your jaw joint can prove to be enough for you to have TMJ problems.
When Your Teeth Are Not Properly Aligned
If your teeth are not properly aligned, it can cause complications. Your TMJ joint can be worn down by teeth that are misaligned because of the repetitive nature of talking and chewing food.
Get Your TMJ Treatment With Dr. Chong Lee
If you are experiencing some symptoms that were talked about in this blog, you may be having trouble with a TMJ disorder. If you are looking to get some treatment for your TMJ, Dr. Chong Lee at Alleria Dental Aesthetics in Mclean, VA is the perfect doctor to talk to. Dr. Lee and the team at Alleria Dental Aesthetics have the experience and expertise to make sure that your TMJ and other dental needs are handled with precision and care. Contact us today at (703) 448-1020 or visit us online at www.leeohdds.com to schedule your consultation.